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ESPN Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 NFL DRAFT (live) Thu 4/28/16 8:00 PM 11:45 PM 6289 3362
   ROUND 1
2 NBA PLAYOFFS Fri 4/29/16 10:40 PM 1:24 AM 2914 1568
   GAME 6: LA CLIPPERS/PORTLAND
3 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT (live) Sun 5/01/16 8:00 PM 11:29 PM 2436 861
   NY YANKEES/BOSTON
4 NFL DRAFT (live) Fri 4/29/16 7:00 PM 7:59 PM 2409 1263
   ROUND 2
5 NBA PLAYOFFS Fri 4/29/16 7:59 PM 10:40 PM 2341 1208
   GAME 6: MIAMI/CHARLOTTE
6 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Thu 4/28/16 11:45 PM 1:00 AM 2118 1230
   
7 SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL (live) Thu 4/28/16 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 1741 945
   DRAFT COUNTDOWN
8 NFL DRAFT (live) Sat 4/30/16 12:00 PM 6:48 PM 1705 917
   ROUNDS 4-7
9 SPORTSCENTER 1AM (live) Fri 4/29/16 1:24 AM 2:30 AM 1366 843
   
10 SPORTSCENTER 1AM (live) Thu 4/28/16 1:00 AM 2:00 AM 1167 721
   
23 BASEBALL TONIGHT: SUNDAY COUNTDOWN (live) Sun 5/01/16 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 782 347
   
26 MLB MONDAY NIGHT Mon 4/25/16 8:00 PM 10:57 PM 719 280
   NY YANKEES/TEXAS
33 MLB WEDNESDAY NIGHT Wed 4/27/16 8:00 PM 10:59 PM 615 231
   NY YANKEES/TEXAS
35 OUTSIDE THE LINES Sun 5/01/16 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 605 363
   
39 SPORTS REPORTERS Sun 5/01/16 9:30 AM 10:00 AM 591 335
   
46 PBA BOWLING Sun 5/01/16 1:00 PM 3:00 PM 567 239
   PBA LEAGUE SEMIFINALS
71 SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL (live) Tue 4/26/16 7:00 PM 8:30 PM 458 269
   NFL NATION MOCK DRAFT
124 E:60 Tue 4/26/16 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 316 180
   
131 MLS REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 5/01/16 3:30 PM 5:56 PM 302 200
   PORTLAND/TORONTO

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN is up +47 percent (1.955 million vs. 1.330 million) from one week earlier and down -3 percent (1.955 million vs. 2.018 million) from the same week one year ago (April 27-May 3, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN is up +29 percent (807,000 vs. 627,000) from one week earlier and down -3 percent (807,000 vs. 836,000) from the same week one year ago (April 27-May 3, 2015).

ESPN’s daily programs viewership averages for the week:

  • “NFL Insiders” (ESPN, Apr. 25-29): 438,000 (257,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NFL Live” (ESPN, Apr. 25-29): 498,000 (282,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA: The Jump” (ESPN, Apr. 25-28): 382,000 (225,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsNation” (ESPN, Apr. 25-29): 437,000 (264,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Highly Questionable” (ESPN, Apr. 25-29): 508,000 (304,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Around the Horn” (ESPN, Apr. 25-29): 590,000 (334,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Pardon the Interruption” (ESPN, Apr. 25-29): 935,000 (499,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 25-29 7 a.m.): 398,000 (228,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 25-29 8 a.m.): 442,000 (250,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 25-29 9 a.m.): 392,000 (230,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 25-May 1 6 p.m.): 673,000 (395,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter” (ESPN, Apr. 25-28 & 30-31 11 p.m.): 865,000 (492,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, Apr. 25-27 & 30 midnight): 459,000 (263,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenter at Night” (ESPN, Apr. 25-30 1 a.m.): 712,000 (440,000 adults 18-49)

ESPN2

ESPN2 Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 NFL DRAFT (live) Fri 4/29/16 7:59 PM 11:22 PM 2217 1200
   ROUNDS 2-3
2 SPORTSCENTER LATE (live) Fri 4/29/16 11:22 PM 1:15 AM 591 363
   
3 FIRST TAKE (live) Fri 4/29/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 495 304
   
4 ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY Sun 5/01/16 11:00 AM 1:00 PM 441 259
   30 FOR 30: THIS MAGIC MOMENT
5 FIRST TAKE (live) Tue 4/26/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 437 291
   
6 FIRST TAKE (live) Wed 4/27/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 429 252
   
7 FIRST TAKE (live) Thu 4/28/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 423 269
   
8 FIRST TAKE (live) Mon 4/25/16 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 389 229
   
9 NBA TONIGHT (live) Fri 4/29/16 1:15 AM 2:00 AM 374 231
   
10 SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL Sun 5/01/16 7:00 PM 9:00 PM 367 171
   DRAFT GRADES
31 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Sat 4/30/16 12:03 PM 12:57 PM 251 71
   LSU/OLE MISS
36 OUTSIDE THE LINES Sun 5/01/16 10:00 AM 10:30 AM 233 133
   
48 SPORTS REPORTERS Sun 5/01/16 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 205 113
   
57 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 4/30/16 8:14 PM 8:41 PM 188 47
   AUBURN/TENNESSEE
59 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Sat 4/30/16 4:35 PM 6:13 PM 186 57
   TEXAS A&M/ARKANSAS
61 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 5/01/16 3:00 PM 5:14 PM 183 58
   ARIZONA/OREGON
73 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Sat 4/30/16 1:33 PM 4:35 PM 170 44
   LSU/OLE MISS
95 SPORT SCIENCE Mon 4/25/16 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 142 74
   COMBINE SPECIAL
99 NBA PLAYOFFS REPEAT Sat 4/30/16 6:00 AM 7:00 AM 139 94
   GAME 6: TORONTO/INDIANA
127 X GAMES Sun 5/01/16 10:30 PM 11:00 PM 96 47
   CREATING A MONSTER: DOONIES 2
141 X GAMES Sun 5/01/16 10:00 PM 10:30 PM 73 32
   REMEMBERING MIRRA

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPN2 is up +74 percent (446,000 vs. 257,000) from one week earlier and down -2 percent (446,000 vs. 455,000) from the same week one year ago (April 27-May 3, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPN2 is up +22 percent (248,000 vs. 204,000) from one week earlier and up +1 percent (248,000 vs. 246,000) from the same week one year ago (April 27-May 3, 2015).

ESPN2’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Mike & Mike in the Morning” (ESPN2, Apr. 25-29): 287,000 (142,000 adults 18-49)
  • “First Take (mornings live)” (ESPN2, Apr. 25-29): 435,000 (269,000 adults 18-49)
  • “His & Hers” (ESPN2, Apr. 25-29): 332,000 (213,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Outside the Lines” (ESPN2, Apr. 25-29): 165,000 (93,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Baseball Tonight (live)” (ESPN2, Apr. 25 & 27): 101,000 (47,000 adults 18-49)
  • “NBA Tonight (live)” (ESPN2, Apr. 26-29): 192,000 (115,000 adults 18-49)
  • “Jalen & Jacoby (late night)” (ESPN2, Apr. 25-28): 101,000 (54,000 adults 18-49)

ESPNU

ESPNU Top 10 (and Select) Programs

VIEWER
RANK
PROGRAM DATE START
TIME
END
TIME
VIEWERS
(000)
A18-49
(000)
1 E:60 Sun 5/01/16 8:28 PM 9:14 PM 163 43
   
2 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sat 4/30/16 7:00 PM 9:19 PM 148 41
   LSU/ARKANSAS
3 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 5/01/16 7:49 PM 9:55 PM 139 47
   AUBURN/TENNESSEE
4 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Sun 5/01/16 5:00 PM 7:49 PM 124 49
   UCF/SOUTH FLORIDA
5 COLLEGE LACROSSE (live) Sun 5/01/16 12:00 PM 1:53 PM 119 46
   SYRACUSE/DUKE
6 SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL Sun 5/01/16 1:53 PM 2:00 PM 115 50
   GRUDEN’S QB CAMP – PAXTON LYNCH
7 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Mon 4/25/16 7:00 PM 9:30 PM 88 20
   NOTRE DAME/NORTH CAROLINA
8 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Sun 5/01/16 2:00 PM 4:54 PM 85 43
   TEXAS A&M/ARKANSAS
9 SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL Sun 5/01/16 4:54 PM 5:00 PM 77 45
   GRUDEN’S QB CAMP – PAXTON LYNCH
10 COLLEGE LACROSSE (live) Fri 4/29/16 6:00 PM 8:03 PM 66 30
   SYRACUSE/NORTH CAROLINA
12 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Sat 4/30/16 9:19 PM 11:40 PM 64 14
   DALLAS BAPTIST/BRADLEY
13 COLLEGE LACROSSE (live) Fri 4/29/16 8:37 PM 10:50 PM 55 27
   DUKE/NOTRE DAME
13 COLLEGE LACROSSE (live) Sat 4/30/16 2:02 PM 4:08 PM 55 13
   MARYLAND/JOHNS HOPKINS
15 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Thu 4/28/16 7:30 PM 11:12 PM 54 23
   MISSISSIPPI STATE/ALABAMA
17 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Wed 4/27/16 6:00 PM 8:43 PM 45 10
   LONG BEACH STATE/CAL STATE FULLERTON
18 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Sat 4/30/16 4:08 PM 6:40 PM 43 11
   TENNESSEE/MISSOURI
19 COLLEGE SOFTBALL REGULAR SEASON (live) Thu 4/28/16 4:55 PM 7:03 PM 41 10
   BETHUNE-COOKMAN/FLORIDA A&M
19 COLLEGE LACROSSE (live) Sat 4/30/16 12:00 PM 2:02 PM 41 9
   CORNELL/PRINCETON
28 ESPN RECRUITING NATION (live) Wed 4/27/16 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 34 25
   ESPN 300 RELEASE SPECIAL
41 NBA D LEAGUE (live) Tue 4/26/16 8:00 PM 10:31 PM 28 15
   LOS ANGELES/SIOUX FALLS
44 NBA D LEAGUE (live) Wed 4/27/16 8:43 PM 10:46 PM 27 4
   LOS ANGELES/SIOUX FALLS
64 COLLEGE BASEBALL (live) Tue 4/26/16 10:31 PM 2:24 AM 17 7
   UCLA/CAL STATE FULLERTON

In total viewership for its entire week in Prime Time (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.), ESPNU is up +25 percent (64,000 vs. 51,000) from one week earlier and down -29 percent (64,000 vs. 90,000) from the same week one year ago (April 27-May 3, 2015).

In total viewership for its entire week in Total Day (6 a.m. to 5:59 a.m.), ESPNU is up +27 percent (33,000 vs. 26,000) from one week earlier and down -15 percent (33,000 vs. 39,000) from the same week one year ago (April 27-May 3, 2015).

ESPNU’s daily show viewership averages for the week:

  • “Dan Le Batard Show” (ESPNU, Apr. 25-29): 31,000 (20,000 adults 18-49)
  • “SportsCenterU” (ESPNU, Apr. 28-29): 16,000 (6,000 adults 18-49)

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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Douglas Pucci is a contributor to Programming Insider and blogger at Son of the Bronx.

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